Curriculum

Senior Secondary

Senior schooling is a challenging time as students move from compulsory schooling into the worlds of post-compulsory education, tertiary studies and work. Students take on new responsibilities and face important decisions with far-reaching effects.

At Cooloola Christian College we seek to help all students grow in personal responsibility for learning and spiritual growth. Students become more accountable for their behaviour; are required to make commitments; fulfil obligations; and make decisions on courses of action, schedules, and the fulfilling of goals.

Secondary Learning

learning opportunities for every child

The College seeks to give every student opportunity to discover their gifts (academic and non-academic), in a community of students, teachers and parents, striving to be faithful to God in all areas of life.

The College works towards these goals by developing:

  • Respect for, and desire to learn from God’s Word
  • A community of respect and sharing for all students and staff
  • Maturity in personal goal setting, time management, and study skills
  • Use of the Independent Learning Centre for negotiated learning activities
  • Increased leadership opportunities
  • An opportunity to be part of a proud record of success in students entering the workforce and tertiary study

The College has a compulsory BYOD laptop program for students in Years 7 to 12. This is backed by our robust, high-speed wireless network and internet access that is filtered to ensure students are kept safe online. Classwork and assessment items that were traditionally paper-based are now completed and assessed electronically, reducing paper usage and preparing students for work and life after high school. Microsoft Office 365 email, cloud storage, and productivity software, as well as software required for specialist classes,  are provided by the College, and our IT Technicians are available throughout the school day to quickly resolve any technical issues students may be having.

Our Independent Learning Centre provides opportunities for our students to engage with external studies such as Headstart, vocational courses, and school-based traineeships.

Our Graduates are creative and critical thinkers, compassionate students who love to serve, ethical and moral decision makers, informed and responsible citizens, learners for life and positive contributors to our community and world. To find out why our Graduates are so well equipped and ready to embark on the next stage of their life journey, contact us today.

Senior Secondary Subjects

learning opportunities for every child

General Mathematics

General Mathematics is designed for students who want to extend their mathematical skills beyond Year 10 but whose future studies or employment pathways do not require calculus. General Mathematics’ major domains are number and algebra, measurement & geometry, statistics, and networks & matrices, building on the content of the P–10 Australian Curriculum.

Mathematical Methods

Mathematical Methods enables students to see the connections between mathematics and other areas of the curriculum and apply their mathematical skills to real-world problems. Mathematical Methods’ major domains are algebra, functions, relations and their graphs, calculus and statistics.

Specialist Mathematics

Specialist Mathematics’ major domains are vectors and matrices, real and complex numbers, trigonometry, statistics and calculus. Specialist Mathematics is designed for
students who wish to develop their mathematical knowledge and ability, and gain a positive view of themselves as mathematics learners.

Essential Mathematics

Essential Mathematics’ major domains are number, data, location & time, measurement & finance. Essential Mathematics benefits students because they develop skills that go beyond the traditional ideas of numeracy.

English

English focuses on the study of both literary texts and non-literary texts, developing students as independent, innovative and creative learners and thinkers who appreciate the aesthetic use of language, analyse perspectives and evidence, and challenge ideas and interpretations through the analysis and creation of varied texts.
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Essential English

Essential English develops and refines students’ understanding of language, literature and literacy to enable them to interact confidently and effectively with others in everyday, community and social contexts. Students recognise language and texts as relevant in their lives now and in the future and learn to understand, accept or challenge the values and attitudes in these texts.

Legal Studies

Legal Studies focuses on the interaction between society and the discipline of law and explores the role and development of law in response to current issues. Students study the legal system and how it regulates activities and aims to protect the rights of individuals while balancing these with obligations and responsibilities.

Modern History

Modern History provides opportunities for students to gain historical knowledge and understanding about some of the main forces that have contributed to the development of the Modern World and to think historically and form a historical consciousness in relation to these same forces. Modern History enables students to empathise with others and make meaningful connections between the past, present, and possible futures.

Business Studies

Business Studies provides opportunities for students to develop practical business knowledge, understanding and skills for use, participation and work in a range of business contexts. Students develop their business knowledge and understanding through applying business practices and business functions in business contexts, analysing business information and proposing and implementing outcomes and solutions in business contexts.

Design

Design focuses on the application of design thinking to envisage creative products, services and environments in response to human needs, wants and opportunities. Designing is a complex and sophisticated form of problem-solving that uses divergent and convergent thinking strategies that can be practised and improved. Designers are separated from the constraints of production processes to allow them to appreciate and exploit new innovative ideas.

Digital Solutions

Digital Solutions enables students to learn about algorithms, computer languages and user interfaces through generating digital solutions to problems. Students engage with data, information and applications to create digital solutions that filter and present data in timely and efficient ways while understanding the need to encrypt and protect data. They understand computing’s personal, local and global impact, and the issues associated with the ethical integration of technology into our daily lives.

Industrial Technology Skills

Industrial Technology Skills focuses on the practices and processes required to manufacture products in a variety of industries. Students understand industry practices; interpret specifications, including technical information and drawings; demonstrate and apply safe, practical production processes with hand/power tools and machinery; communicate using oral, written and graphical modes; organise, calculate and plan production processes; and evaluate the products they create using predefined specifications.

ICT

Information & Communication Technology (ICT) focuses on the knowledge, understanding and skills related to engagement with information and communication technology through a variety of elective contexts derived from work, study and leisure environments of today. Students are equipped with knowledge of current and emerging hardware and software combinations, an understanding of how to apply them in real-world contexts and the skills to use them to solve technical and/or creative problems.

Health & Physical Education

Physical Education provides students with knowledge, understanding and skills to explore and enhance their own and others’ health and physical activity in diverse and changing contexts. Physical Education provides a philosophical and educative framework to promote deep learning in three dimensions: about, through and in physical activity contexts. Students optimise their engagement and performance in physical activity as they develop an understanding and appreciation of the interconnectedness of these dimensions.

Biology

Biology provides opportunities for students to engage with living systems. Students develop their understanding of cells and multicellular organisms. They engage with the concept of maintaining the internal environment. They study biodiversity and the interconnectedness of life. This knowledge is linked with the concepts of heredity and the continuity of life.

Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of materials and their properties and structure. Students study atomic theory, chemical bonding, and the structure and properties of elements and compounds. They explore inter-molecular forces, gases, aqueous solutions, acidity and rates of reaction. They study equilibrium processes and redox reactions. They explore organic chemistry, synthesis and design to examine the characteristic chemical properties and chemical reactions displayed by different classes of organic compounds.

Physics

Physics provides opportunities for students to engage with classical and modern understandings of the universe. Students learn about the fundamental concepts of thermodynamics, electricity and nuclear processes; and about the concepts and theories that predict and describe the linear motion of objects.

Drama

Drama fosters creative and expressive communication. It interrogates the human experience by investigating, communicating and embodying stories, experiences, emotions and ideas that reflect the human experience. It engages students in imaginative meaning-making processes and involves them using a range of artistic skills as they make and respond to dramatic works.

Music

Music fosters creative and expressive communication. It allows students to develop musicianship through making and responding. Through composition, performance and musicology, students use and apply music elements and concepts. They apply their knowledge and understanding to convey meaning and/or emotion to an audience. Students use essential literacy skills to engage in a multimodal world. They demonstrate practical music skills and analyse and evaluate music in a variety of contexts, styles and genres.

Visual Art

Visual Art provides students with opportunities to understand and appreciate the role of visual art in past and present traditions and cultures, as well as the contributions of contemporary visual artists and their aesthetic, historical and cultural influences. Students interact with artists, artworks, institutions and communities to enrich their experiences and understandings of their own and others’ art practices.

Recreational Studies

Students will complete a Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation in partnership with The Training Collaborative (30002) as the Registered Training Organisation (RTO). The nationally recognised qualification goes over the four-semester, two-year period of Grade 11 and 12. The VET course gives 4 credit points towards the QCE if completed, or a Statement of Attainment for units completed.

Senior Secondary Subjects

learning opportunities for every child

General Mathematics

General Mathematics is designed for students who want to extend their mathematical skills beyond Year 10 but whose future studies or employment pathways do not require calculus. General Mathematics’ major domains are number and algebra, measurement & geometry, statistics, and networks & matrices, building on the content of the P–10 Australian Curriculum.

Mathematical Methods

Mathematical Methods enables students to see the connections between mathematics and other areas of the curriculum and apply their mathematical skills to real-world problems. Mathematical Methods’ major domains are algebra, functions, relations and their graphs, calculus and statistics.

Specialist Mathematics

Specialist Mathematics’ major domains are vectors and matrices, real and complex numbers, trigonometry, statistics and calculus. Specialist Mathematics is designed for
students who wish to develop their mathematical knowledge and ability, and gain a positive view of themselves as mathematics learners.

Essential Mathematics

Essential Mathematics’ major domains are number, data, location & time, measurement & finance. Essential Mathematics benefits students because they develop skills that go beyond the traditional ideas of numeracy.

English

English focuses on the study of both literary texts and non-literary texts, developing students as independent, innovative and creative learners and thinkers who appreciate the aesthetic use of language, analyse perspectives and evidence, and challenge ideas and interpretations through the analysis and creation of varied texts.
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Essential English

Essential English develops and refines students’ understanding of language, literature and literacy to enable them to interact confidently and effectively with others in everyday, community and social contexts. Students recognise language and texts as relevant in their lives now and in the future and learn to understand, accept or challenge the values and attitudes in these texts.

Legal Studies

Legal Studies focuses on the interaction between society and the discipline of law and explores the role and development of law in response to current issues. Students study the legal system and how it regulates activities and aims to protect the rights of individuals while balancing these with obligations and responsibilities.

Modern History

Modern History provides opportunities for students to gain historical knowledge and understanding about some of the main forces that have contributed to the development of the Modern World and to think historically and form a historical consciousness in relation to these same forces. Modern History enables students to empathise with others and make meaningful connections between the past, present, and possible futures.

Business Studies

Business Studies provides opportunities for students to develop practical business knowledge, understanding and skills for use, participation and work in a range of business contexts. Students develop their business knowledge and understanding through applying business practices and business functions in business contexts, analysing business information and proposing and implementing outcomes and solutions in business contexts.

Design

Design focuses on the application of design thinking to envisage creative products, services and environments in response to human needs, wants and opportunities. Designing is a complex and sophisticated form of problem-solving that uses divergent and convergent thinking strategies that can be practised and improved. Designers are separated from the constraints of production processes to allow them to appreciate and exploit new innovative ideas.

Digital Solutions

Digital Solutions enables students to learn about algorithms, computer languages and user interfaces through generating digital solutions to problems. Students engage with data, information and applications to create digital solutions that filter and present data in timely and efficient ways while understanding the need to encrypt and protect data. They understand computing’s personal, local and global impact, and the issues associated with the ethical integration of technology into our daily lives.

Industrial Technology Skills

Industrial Technology Skills focuses on the practices and processes required to manufacture products in a variety of industries. Students understand industry practices; interpret specifications, including technical information and drawings; demonstrate and apply safe, practical production processes with hand/power tools and machinery; communicate using oral, written and graphical modes; organise, calculate and plan production processes; and evaluate the products they create using predefined specifications.

ICT

Information & Communication Technology (ICT) focuses on the knowledge, understanding and skills related to engagement with information and communication technology through a variety of elective contexts derived from work, study and leisure environments of today. Students are equipped with knowledge of current and emerging hardware and software combinations, an understanding of how to apply them in real-world contexts and the skills to use them to solve technical and/or creative problems.

Health & Physical Education

Physical Education provides students with knowledge, understanding and skills to explore and enhance their own and others’ health and physical activity in diverse and changing contexts. Physical Education provides a philosophical and educative framework to promote deep learning in three dimensions: about, through and in physical activity contexts. Students optimise their engagement and performance in physical activity as they develop an understanding and appreciation of the interconnectedness of these dimensions.

Biology

Biology provides opportunities for students to engage with living systems. Students develop their understanding of cells and multicellular organisms. They engage with the concept of maintaining the internal environment. They study biodiversity and the interconnectedness of life. This knowledge is linked with the concepts of heredity and the continuity of life.

Chemistry

Chemistry is the study of materials and their properties and structure. Students study atomic theory, chemical bonding, and the structure and properties of elements and compounds. They explore inter-molecular forces, gases, aqueous solutions, acidity and rates of reaction. They study equilibrium processes and redox reactions. They explore organic chemistry, synthesis and design to examine the characteristic chemical properties and chemical reactions displayed by different classes of organic compounds.

Physics

Physics provides opportunities for students to engage with classical and modern understandings of the universe. Students learn about the fundamental concepts of thermodynamics, electricity and nuclear processes; and about the concepts and theories that predict and describe the linear motion of objects.

Drama

Drama fosters creative and expressive communication. It interrogates the human experience by investigating, communicating and embodying stories, experiences, emotions and ideas that reflect the human experience. It engages students in imaginative meaning-making processes and involves them using a range of artistic skills as they make and respond to dramatic works.

Music

Music fosters creative and expressive communication. It allows students to develop musicianship through making and responding. Through composition, performance and musicology, students use and apply music elements and concepts. They apply their knowledge and understanding to convey meaning and/or emotion to an audience. Students use essential literacy skills to engage in a multimodal world. They demonstrate practical music skills and analyse and evaluate music in a variety of contexts, styles and genres.

Visual Art

Visual Art provides students with opportunities to understand and appreciate the role of visual art in past and present traditions and cultures, as well as the contributions of contemporary visual artists and their aesthetic, historical and cultural influences. Students interact with artists, artworks, institutions and communities to enrich their experiences and understandings of their own and others’ art practices.

Recreational Studies

Students will complete a Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation in partnership with The Training
Collaborative (30002) as the Registered Training Organisation (RTO). The nationally recognised
qualification goes over the four-semester, two-year period of Grade 11 and 12. The VET course
gives 4 credit points towards the QCE if completed, or a Statement of Attainment for units completed.

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